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Apply for Giving Tree Grants

Through our signature Giving Tree Grant Program, the Community Foundation supports a broad range of projects with the potential for statewide impact and programs serving immediate local needs.

Each of our 28 affiliates offers Giving Tree grants at least once a year. Typically, these grants are available for a wide variety of charitable causes; sometimes, though, we’ll choose to target a particular need (like hunger relief or childhood nutrition). Check with the affiliate to which you’re applying for information about the current grantmaking focus.

Who's Eligible?

Giving Tree grants are place-based, meaning that your organization must serve one of the areas where we’re currently making grants. Please note that if you're applying for funding on behalf of a regional or statewide organization, your proposal is more likely to be successful if you can demonstrate that the project will be based in or have a direct impact on the county where you're applying.

Any 501c3 public charity, school, hospital or government agency serving the counties where we’re making grants is eligible to apply.

See "Where We're Currently Making Grants" (in the tab below) for more information about the specific interests and priorities for each of the affiliates accepting proposals during the current Giving Tree cycle. 

Where We’re Currently Making Grants

The affiliates below will be accepting grant proposals during the July 10-August 15, 2019 application period. 

Carroll County Community Foundation

County/ies served: Carroll
Average Grant Size: $300 - $3,000
Area of Focus: General charitable purposes, no particular focus area

Clark County Community Foundation

County/ies served: Clark
Average Grant Size: $250-$1,500
Area of Focus: General charitable purposes, no particular focus area

Craighead County Community Foundation

County/ies served: Craighead
Average Grant Size: $600-$5,000
Area of Focus: General charitable purposes, no particular focus area

Cross County Community Foundation

County/ies served: Cross
Average Grant Size: $1,500
Area of Focus: General charitable purposes, no particular focus area 

Delta Area Community Foundation

County/ies served: Desha, Lincoln
Average Grant Size: $500-$2,000
Area of Focus: General charitable purposes, no particular focus area 
Special Note: This affiliate will also be accepting proposals for Grade-Level Reading grants for projects to promote early literacy for children ages 0-8. There is a special application for Grade-Level Reading grants. Go to www.arcf.org/apply, log in to the online portal, and choose the "Grade Level Reading" application form. Applicants for all other charitable purposes should use the Giving Tree application form.
Restrictions or Limitations: Funding is only awarded to organizations that are based in Desha or Lincoln counties

Greene County Community Foundation

County/ies served: Greene
Average Grant Size: $1,000 - $5,000
Area of Focus: General charitable purposes, no particular focus area 

Hot Springs Village Community Foundation

County/ies served: Hot Springs Village and surrounding portions of Saline and Garland counties, including Fountain Lake and Jessieville
Average Grant Size: $800
Area of Focus: General charitable purposes, no particular focus area 

Mississippi County Community Foundation

County/ies served: Mississippi
Average Grant Size: $1,500
Area of Focus: General charitable purposes, no particular focus area

Monroe County Community Foundation

County/ies served: Monroe
Average Grant Size: $500-$5,000
Area of Focus: General charitable purposes, no particular focus area 

Ouachita Valley Community Foundation

County/ies served: Ouachita, Calhoun
Average Grant Size: $1,600
Area of Focus: New or ongoing projects expected to make a clearly measurable impact in areas of greatest need in our community.

Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation

County/ies served:Jefferson
Average Grant Size: $500 - $4,000
Area of Focus: Programs designed to enhance quality of life in Jefferson County
Special Note: This affiliate will also be accepting proposals for two additional grant opportunities:  
  1. 1. Grade-Level Reading grants for projects to promote early literacy for children ages 0-8. There is a special application for Grade-Level Reading grants. Go to www.arcf.org/apply, log in to the online portal, and choose the "Grade Level Reading" application form.  
  2. JRMC Community Health grants for projects that promote health education and screenings in a 10-county area in Southeast Arkansas.  Go to www.arcf.org/apply, log in to the online portal, and choose the "JRMC" application form.  

Applicants for all other charitable purposes should use the Giving Tree application form.

Texarkana Area Community Foundation

County/ies served: Miller, Howard, Hempstead, Sevier, Little River, Bowie (TX)
Average Grant Size: $1,500
Area of Focus: General charitable purposes, no particular focus area  
Special Note: This affiliate will also be accepting proposals for Grade-Level Reading grants for projects to promote early literacy for children ages 0-8. There is a special application for Grade-Level Reading grants. Go to www.arcf.org/apply, log in to the online portal, and choose the "Grade Level Reading" application form. Applicants for all other charitable purposes should use the Giving Tree application form.

Twin Lakes Community Foundation 

County/ies served: Marion, Baxter, Fulton, Izard
Average Grant Size: $1,500
Area of Focus: Proposals that stress parent engagement to improve Grade Level Reading/early literacy will be given priority
Special Note: Funding decisions will be made by the Twin Lakes Future Fund, a young professionals giving circle
Restrictions or Limitations: Funding is only awarded to organizations that are based in Marion, Baxter, Fulton or Izard counties

Western Arkansas Community Foundation

County/ies served: Sebastian, Crawford
Average Grant Size: $2,000-$3,000
Area of Focus: General charitable purposes, emphasis on projects that address issues from the Aspire Arkansas report (www.AspireArkansas.org)

What We're Looking For

See “Where We’re Currently Making Grants” (in the tab above) for more information about the specific interests and priorities for each of the affiliates accepting proposals during the current Giving Tree cycle. 

When you apply, we’ll ask you to share some basic information about your organization, including:

  1. Your mission and purpose. What need or opportunity in the community does your organization address? 
  2. Description of your funding request. How will you use a grant from the Community Foundation, and what will the impact of this grant be, for your organization and for the community you serve?
  3. Potential outcomes. What will success look like? How will you know or measure whether you’ve been successful? 
  4. Budget. What are the expenses related to your request? Which pieces will be paid for using a Community Foundation grant, and which pieces will be covered by funding from other sources? 

We’ll also ask you to indicate whether you’re requesting “capacity building support” or “program/project support.” What’s the difference? 

Capacity building – these are funds focused on improving the effectiveness of your organization. Examples are: 

  • Purchasing or upgrading equipment for staff use (computers, a financial database, security system)
  • Upgrading your facility in ways that will allow you to serve more clients (buying a new refrigerator for a food pantry, replacing recalled cribs in an early childhood education facility)
  • Providing training for staff, board or volunteers
  • Hiring a consultant to help your organization develop a strategic plan or fundraising plan 
  • Communications/marketing consulting or start-up assistance, including help with branding, developing a social media presence, promotional materials, e-news campaign or other outreach strategy
  • Developing an evaluation system to track the effectiveness of your program 
  • Organizing shared services with other nonprofit organizations, such as shared IT support, back-office admin support, financial services, etc. 
Project/program support (NOTE: most grants fall into this category) – these are funds designated to help you carry out a specific project for the clients you serve. Examples are: 

 

  • Providing food to a larger number of food pantry clients
  • Establishing a book mobile to bring library books to low-income neighborhoods
  • Offering dental screenings through school-based health centers
  • Creating a new exhibit at a museum
  • Matching students with adult mentors
  • Providing care and case management for victims of domestic violence
  • Adding tutoring services to your after-school program

The following factors are considered, although not exclusively, in reviewing proposals:

  • Likelihood of the project to make a significant difference in the community
  • Likelihood of our grant to make a significant difference for the organization (in other words, is the size of our grant a good fit for the size and scope of the request?) 
  • Evidence of a plan to measure or evaluate the success of the proposed request
  • Organization’s ability to carry out the proposed request successfully 
  • Clarity and thoroughness of responses to application questions
  • Impact on the county/ies served by the affiliate to which you’re applying. Please note that if you're applying for funding on behalf of a regional or statewide organization, your proposal is more likely to be successful if you can demonstrate that the project will be based in or have a direct impact on the county where you're applying.

 

What We're NOT Looking For

See “Where We’re Currently Making Grants” (in the tab above) for more information about the specific interests and priorities for each of the affiliates accepting proposals during the current Giving Tree cycle.  

Each request is considered on its own merit. However, the following types of requests generally are not considered:

  • Support for annual fundraising campaigns
  • Support for capital campaigns
  • Projects that address sectarian religious purposes
  • Projects that are political in nature or have a political bias
  • Multi-year proposals
  • Scholarships or fellowships for formal education at any level
  • Funding for salaries

If you have questions about whether your funding request meets our guidelines, contact the executive director of the affiliate in your area

Also, please note that if you're applying for funding on behalf of a regional statewide organization, your proposal is more likely to be successful if you can demonstrate that the project will be based in or have a direct impact on the county where you're applying.

Apply Online

The application period will open on July 10 and close at 11:59 p.m. on August 15.

APPLY FOR A GRANT

Watch this video to learn more about the online application process.

Don't Forget Your Six-Month Report! 

If you've received a Giving Tree grant, be sure to submit a grant report form within six months of receiving the grant. We want to know how your project is going and how you're using your grant. 

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